Monday, December 19, 2011

Mystery Conferences

Well, I've done it. I made the commitment. I've paid my registration fees for the Malice Domestic and Bouchercon mystery conferences in 2012. I'm looking forward to seeing fellow mystery lovers in Bethesda, Maryland, April 27-29 for the Malice Domestic conference and in Cleveland, Ohio, October 4-7 for the Bouchercon conference.

I'm also planning to include some appearances at whitewater festivals and various Colorado bookstores in my 2012 event schedule, and I hope to be invited back to the Festival of Mystery in Oakmont, PA. That's about as far as my writing travel dollars will stretch, but if my husband and I do some personal traveling (Oregon to see our daughter?), I may be able to add on a bookstore appearance or two to that. Stay tuned to the Appearances page of my website, which I'll update as plans firm up.

In the meantime, I'd like to wish all of my blog readers a Happy Holidays! I hope you enjoy celebrating whatever winter holiday you embrace, and if you're traveling, may your travels be safe and uneventful.


C. Goold said...

Hi Beth -

Hope you have a great time at Bouchercon and Malice Domestic. As far as more local conferences go for unpublished mystery writers, would you recommend the Pikes Peak Writers Conference or the Colorado Gold Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference (or both)? I'm looking for other mystery writers to network with, agents who represent mysteries and conference sessions devoted to mystery-writing topics. Any advice you could give here would be very helpfulf or 2012. Thanks!

Beth Groundwater said...

Hi C. Goold,
Please contact me at my website ( and give me your email address. You won the contest for a copy of Colleen Collins's book.

Now, on to your question. The PPWC and Colorado Gold conferences are very similar, and I've attended both. They are both valuable writing conferences, so I would choose one based on convenience (when you want to go--fall/spring, and which is closest to you) and by their slate of agents & editors (which do you most want to meet).